Foreign-Language Oscar-shortlisted Labyrinth Of Lies took the Mercedes Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Director Giulio Ricciarelli’s film chronicled the coverup of German war crimes.
Runners-up in the category included: Elmo Nüganen’s 1944 (Estonia), Jaco Van Dormael’s The Brand New Testament (Belgium), Gavin Hood’s Eye in the Sky (UK), Klaus Härö’s The Fencer (Finland), Fina Torres’ Liz in September (Venezuela), Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Mustang (France), Philippe Falardeau’s My Internship in Canada (Canada), Paddy Breathnach’s Viva (Ireland) and Tobias Lindholm’s A War (Denmark).
Everything Is Copy (USA), directed by Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker, won the Audience Prize for Documentary Feature. The movie is a tribute to Bernstein’s mother, the author-playwright-screenwriter-director Nora Ephron.
Documentary runners-up included: Friedrich Moser’s A Good American (Austria), Flavio Forencio’s Made in Bangkok (Mexico), Barbara Kopple’s Miss Sharon Jones! (USA), Jennifer Peedom’s Sherpa (Australia) and Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next (USA).